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Old 01-24-2005, 09:21 PM   #1
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nitrates 10 ppm, what to do?

My nitrates are at 10ppm and I have been trying to get them under control, but I am not sure what to do. I have been doing 4 gallon water changes every two days to try to stabalize the condition. I have also vaccumed out my cc real good and added some macro algea to the sump. I started using distilled water for water changes and top off, but I see no reduction in nitrates. Oh yeah and I have tried to cut back on feeding as well. The tank gets: roughly 4x 10ml of a brine shrimp/mysis shrimp/emerald entree/forumla 1 mixture (this is mixed with a decent portion of tank water), 3x a 1inch by inch square of nori for the tang/butterflies, and 1 silverside for the anemone, a week.
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Old 01-24-2005, 09:42 PM   #2
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I would think with all that you are doing, they would come down soon. You may want to try one large water change 15%-20% and that should help, then let the macro and smaller changes keep it stable. for a fish oly tank, 10 is not bad. Also, is your test kit reliable? it could be 6-7 and showing 10.........just a thought.

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Old 01-24-2005, 10:29 PM   #3
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I second everything he just said....... especially the kit... crappier kits are known to register high rather than low...... and 10ppm isn't too bad....
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ide do a 10 to 20 % water change, but other then that it sounds like your taking care of it really well
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Agree 10 ppm is not bad at all.
Also agree to keep with the water changes. The macro should help in time.
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Old 01-24-2005, 11:21 PM   #6
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thanks all for the reassurance
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40lbs cc/30lbs argonite sand mixture
80lbs keys rock (www.liverocks.com awesome stuff)
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Old 01-25-2005, 01:51 AM   #7
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build a de-nitrator........best thing I ever did. Nitrates are now not a problem
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Old 01-25-2005, 01:58 AM   #8
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ah. i really wish i had the time to build a de nitrator. those are awsom. just as worth it to build a fuge though.
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Might be a good thing to find the source of the trates to keep them down. Yeah, I know, easier said than done, but there are a few "usual suspects". Overpopulation, overfeeding, sand, filters, etc.

Other than that, if you can keep it consistently at 10 or below, there's not a whole lot to worry about.
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I am going to vac my cc some more, I never had done it before so it has 6 months of gunk in it. It didnt look dirty but man when I vac'ed it the first time whew! I am hoping this is the sources of my nitrates.
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